AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Holothrix parviflora (Lindl.) Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 119 (1881).
Homotypic Synonyms:

Tryphia parviflora Lindl., Companion Bot. Mag. 2: 209 (1837).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Tryphia nivea Zeyh. ex Harv., Gen. S. Afr. Pl.: 323 (1838).
Holothrix lindleyana Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 119 (1881).
Description:

An erect herb, glabrous, except for the pubescent scape, 7-18 cm. high; leaves two, flat on the ground, ovate or ovate-oblong acute subaequal, l,5-5,5 cm. long; scape slender flexuous nude pubescent or glabrescent; spike laxly 6-14flowered, flowers usually secund; bracts lanceolate cuspidate, shorter than the ovary; odd sepals ovate acute, lateral falcate acuminate very concave, 0-3 cm. long; petals erect-recurved oblong obtuse, 2-3 times longer than the sepals; lip orbicular in outline, tripartite, the lateral segments oblong or obovate obtuse, the intermediate trifid with the lobes oblong, 0,9 cm. long, spur cylindrical, usually spirally recurved, half as long as the lip; pollinia sometimes distinct, sometimes having the glands united by a transverse thread.
Notes:

Colour of the petals, lip and spur pure white; scape reddish; sepals and bracts green.
Habitat:
Distribution:

SW. & S. Cape Prov. to KwaZulu-Natal

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Botanical Drawing / Herbarium
Holothrixparviflora
Photograph copyright Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Image used with kind permission.